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Car started to overheat; then cut off =(

Car started 2 overheat then smoke, then cut off!! My spark plugs were melted & oil was everywhere. & i think possibly oil in my overflow tank 2 the radiator. car was running fine until this. Car Turns over but will NOT start..pleassssssssseeeeeeeeeeee help!!

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You problably cooked your engine,sp.plugs melted! cylinders must be scored,head and,or engineblock cracked!you can check compression in cylinders,but not looking good for motor!

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